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PhD support

Are you looking for support during your PhD studies? Below you will find a helpful guide for PhD students on Support Services for PhDs at the University of Groningen.

Online self support (e-Health)

For many students, an online and anonymous approach is a first step towards mental support.

Mirro’s self-help modules provide you with online support if you are going through a difficult time. There are several topics you can choose from, e.g. anxiety, work stress or worrying.

For more information and the offer of self-help modules from Mirro, see our PhD Support site and open the appropriate tab.

Living life to the fullest (course: eight sessions of 2 hrs each)

This practical course will help you to experience greater freedom and quality in your life, despite the things you struggle with, and teach you how to cope with difficult situations.

For more information and registration, see our PhD Support site and open the appropriate tab

What can I do to find some support?

If you feel you could use some support during your studies, you can always contact your PhD coordinator, someone at your Graduate School, or talk to your supervisor. If you need specific help, you can contact the university who will offer confidential support depending on your situation:

Topics:

*Please note: The courses may be offered through more than one department. We are in the process of integrating our course offerings. For courses where more than one option is listed, please feel free to choose the course which best fits your situation.

The GSMS has its own PhD Support Groups for PhD’s in the Medical Sciences / at UMCG. For information, please click Course information (rug.nl)

Workshops for PhD Students on request

PhD psychologist Karen Huizing offers a number of workshops on request. These workshops can be requested by the PhD Councils and Gopher, but if you would like to organize a workshop for a group of PhD students (minimal number of participants is 10), you are welcome to send a request to k.huizing@rug.nl.

You can view and/or download the list of workshops here.

Links below will take you to webpages outside of the Groningen Graduate School site. You may need your student number or personnel number to log in.

I feel stressed

Stress
Stress

Do you feel stressed a lot of the time and want to do something about it? There are several options available within the university:

I want to feel more confident

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Do you sometimes feel insecure or anxious? Depending on where your insecurity comes from, there are several options available at the university. Some courses provide support on how to manage your PhD, others are more about stress management and coping with anxiety:

I procrastinate

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Do you find it difficult to keep focused at work? Do you often feel like "What have I really done today?" when you go home? There are several options available at the university:

I work too many hours

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Do you work more than 50 hours a week and do you want to learn to work more productive and have more time to relax? There are several options available at the university:

I am afraid for a burnout

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Do you feel stressed and find it difficult to relax? Do you sometimes feel like you are not able to cope with everything anymore? There are several options available at the university:

I want to talk about my supervision.

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Sometimes your work is compromised by having a difficult relationship with your supervisor. You are not the only one. Find someone to talk to about it, so that you can do something about it in a constructive way:

I want to plan my future career

Plan for your future career
Plan for your future career

No idea what to do after your PhD? Not sure you want to pursue a career in academia and want to consider your options? There is a series of workshops or individual coaching sessions available for you:

I am not sure I want to go on with my PhD

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Do you have doubts whether you want to go on with your PhD? Find someone to talk to:

I feel lonely

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Doing a PhD can be a lonely business, especially when you come from another country. Please feel free to talk about it and make a plan together to come into contact with other people:

I feel depressed

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Do you feel depressed lately and it doesn’t seem to go away anymore? Please make an appointment with your GP to get advice or to talk to someone:

  • Make an appointment with your general practitioner (Don't have a doctor in Groningen? Click here to find out more on finding a doctor.)
  • Individual counselling

I am ill and unable to work

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If you are ill for more than a month, please report this to the coordinator or your Graduate School.

  • Report sick to your Graduate School coordinator or PhD supervisor.

Departments which offer support for PhDs:
  • Health, Safety and Sustainability/ Arbo, Millieu en Duurzaamheid (AMD)
  • Student Services Centre (SSC)
  • Human Resources (HR)
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